Mugabe 'fighting for his life' in Singapore hospital

2012-04-09 21:15

Cape Town - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is said to be "fighting for his life" in a Singapore hospital, The Australian reports.

This comes amid reports that he had agreed to hand over power to his defence minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, visited Singapore eight times last year.

The New Zimbabwe, however, denied the claims of his ill health, saying he would be back in the country on Wednesday. 

His spokesperson described the trips as necessitated by cataract surgery, or simply private visits, amid repeated media reports that he was suffering from cancer.

The Zimbabwe Mail, quoting a senior official of Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, said the president was undergoing intensive treatment in Singapore and that some members of his family had joined him after boarding a chartered private jet on Saturday.

The alarm was raised when the government postponed a cabinet meeting.

Mugabe, 88, is ostensibly in Singapore to oversee enrolment in a postgraduate course at Singapore University for his daughter Bona. University registration starts in September.

A June 2008 US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks last month said Mugabe has prostate cancer that has spread to other organs. He was urged by his physician to step down in 2008, but has stayed in the job.




  • Azande - 2012-04-09 20:35

    Is this news to celebrate, worry or just ignore? #Wondering#

      Crracker - 2012-04-09 20:53

      And we celebrate!

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-09 20:59

      Celebrate if accurate, worry if it's false.

      Jason - 2012-04-09 21:05


      fredahsm - 2012-04-09 22:22

      Confused, don't know yet.........wil decide on thurs

      Dassie - 2012-04-09 22:23

      Julius Malema should be moved over to Zim i.m.m.e.d.i.a.t.e.l.y so that he can make a h.u.g.e success of the economy over there. You go, Julius!!! Show us how it's done!!! Show Zuma & Co how to implement your visionary ideas, and how you r.e.a.l.l.y make a success of your "financial freedom"-polic, so that they can learn from you. You go!!

      Phuti - 2012-04-09 22:50

      Wishing him a speedy recovery.

      Blip - 2012-04-09 23:07

      No way of recovery from terminal cancer and prostate cancer spreads to the bones, so the final ten days are awfully painful -- morphine-proof. Question is -- why didn't he have a hospital and medical expertise in Zim to cater for the tens of thousands of Zimbos who die this way every year? Why fly to Singapore?

      joshua.zake - 2012-04-10 02:37

      As bad as any man could be; I personally would struggle to celebrate someone dying from cancer. The mans death; if it should so happen, doesn't necessarily mean change for the country. The situation in Zim was not brought on single handedly by Mugabe, there are many others in Zimbabwe and in the world who are satisfied with the runnings of the country as it is providing some benefit to them in the state its in now. We should rather be sad for our failure to initiate progressive change to the extent that we would celebrate a terrible disease like cancer

      John - 2012-04-10 04:03

      Don't celebrate just yet, the New Zimbabwe newspaper just reported that his plane is due to leave Singapore in under 12 hours and that he will be home on Wednesday. No news media in Singapore has any news on Mad Bob being there. Perhaps this could be a smoke screen. If he does croak, heaven forbid the a'hole who is going to replace him is none other than the "Butcher of Bulawayo" Mnangagwa. I bet he is just dying to have his turn at money grabbing. Poor Zim!

      Smell - 2012-04-10 06:26

      Would any of Mugabe's supporters in South Africa (including the past leader of the ANCYL) please explain why a leader of an African country has to travel to Singapore for decent medical treatment? What does that say about your intelligence and sanity when you wish to make South Africa more like Zimbabwe? Madiba certainly did not have to.

      Alan - 2012-04-10 07:49

      yaah Bob - after years of looting and plundering and accumulating wealth at the expense of your nation .. when you reach this point in life the question is .. what was it all about, and what did it mean??? When you reach the end of the road, far better to be able to look back on a life lived with integrity.

      Warmonger - 2012-04-10 08:00

      I would like to join EVERYBODY in wishing him the very Worst for his health, hope he becomes wormfood soon[est]!! (poor worms, they in turn will probably die from some form of poisoning)...

      DiziLiziD - 2012-04-10 09:52

      Why doesnt someone take him out while he is weak... come Julius, here is your tata ma chance...

      Thabang - 2012-04-10 10:10

      Every year for the past 15 years, Australian media releases this story. They are trying hard to be famous. Wait until Mugabe makes His speech.

      franswaj - 2012-04-10 11:31

      its party time!

      John - 2012-04-10 11:39

      dont fight to hard the devil is waiting for you

      Castle - 2012-04-10 14:40

      the prostrate cancer is eating his nuts ..hahhahaa deserves every bit of it

      Gary - 2012-04-10 15:31

      Will be nice to see yet another tyrant leave this earth for good..He can say hi to Gadafi and friends..

      Philemon - 2012-04-10 15:35

      Wishing Mr Mugabe a speedy recovery.

      david.streicher - 2012-04-10 18:38

      he's going to nationalize his life too.

      Boeretroos - 2012-04-11 12:55

      Free Zimbabwe from this bloodsucker - Keep Mugabe in Singapour pleeeez.

      Hannah - 2012-04-11 15:28

      dont fight too hard now Mugabe

      thozi - 2012-04-12 00:42

      I really don't know just for how long I can keep the champagne on ice... when is the old mule kicking the basket?

      Thabang - 2012-04-12 16:38

      Now that we know that Mugabe was never sick, will we continue to read crap, stupid articles from Australia on News24?

  • Piet - 2012-04-09 20:37

    I hope he does not make it!!!I

      Jason - 2012-04-09 21:04

      Never wish it upon anyone, lest death hears you.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-09 21:50

      @Econwald - you sound like a bush cat

      Sheik - 2012-04-09 21:58

      Ex Rhodesians feeling sorry for the devil, he is going to have his hands full.

      Sheik - 2012-04-09 22:03

      At TheJayed King, some people's death are most welcome,but I hope him a slow and lingering end (Say by December in time for Christmas)

      Kolobe - 2012-04-09 22:08

      we would rather have apartheid perpetrators die before anyone

      Oscar - 2012-04-09 22:22

      And we can do with much less Kolobes.

      Press - 2012-04-09 22:43

      20 years to late - damage done forever

      Jan - 2012-04-10 01:08

      @Kolobe, juju should sit on your face, moron!

      Jenny - 2012-04-10 07:39

      Cant believe people are still responding to Kolobe, the troll. Some peoople never learn to ignore being baited.

      desertratbkf - 2012-04-10 11:38

      @Kolobe (or whatever), you wouldnt be saying that if you were Zimbabwean, you halfwit!

      Sean - 2012-04-11 09:21

      @Kolobe - Even if apartheid never happend , majority of Africans would still suffer today !! No cure for stupidity !

  • Clive - 2012-04-09 20:38

    Stay positive Bob!

      Crracker - 2012-04-09 20:56

      Yes, do! Why are you not in a hospital in your home country? You are lucky that you can travel all over the world for the best medical care. The plebs in your country can't. But stay positive. It prolongs the suffering a bit.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-09 21:53

      @clive - quite frankly, screw you and your "stay positive bob"; it should be the people of Zim that should be positive.

      Warren - 2012-04-09 22:31

      @ Clive...yeah if it's HIV you're referring to, I'm with you

      Oom - 2012-04-10 01:02

      probably got it from his wife

      silosamangwe - 2012-04-10 23:54

      all the best to Bob, wish he recovers soon. there r few leaders who r not cowards in Africa.

      jonosh - 2012-04-12 09:21

      @Silosmangwe Don't confuse 'bravery' with 'stupidity'. It's very easy to say lot's of wonderful anti-West statements, but honestly speaking the best way any African leader can make a stand against the West is to prove them wrong and run their country properly - help ALL it's people, develop it's economy, stand for justice for ALL people, ensure basic human rights, etc. Bob has failed his people, he has failed Africa, .... but he talks a lot of 'brave (read stupid)' words... it's pretty sad when a people who seem intelligent (like yourself) support people like Mugabe the failed statesman.

  • Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-09 20:39

    And may God be merciful and finally rid this world of this tyrant.

      Mark - 2012-04-09 21:01

      if a merciful god existed then merciless tyrants like mugabe wouldn't.

      PhilosopherStoned - 2012-04-09 22:18

      God? They guy that drowned all His children? Merciful?

      Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-09 22:21

      If God exists...he banished us from Eden. We endure a life of hardships without his constant intervention to remind us of both his promise to never again intervene on a grand scale and as part of the conditions of our hereditary banishment. That's if you believe in God. We have free will...if we're not willing to make use of it, then we must face the consequences, whatever they may be.

      Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-10 04:58

      @PhilosopherStoned...I'm not going to argue with you. However, YOU do make me think of a certain Julius Malema with your unnecessary comments...maybe you and God will one day have something in common...who knows.

  • Ndaedzo - 2012-04-09 20:40

    I think mugabe must die ,because the people of zim are sufering because of that man,

  • reflection.moment - 2012-04-09 20:40

    mxm, leave us alone zim

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-12 00:30

      @Reflection - Perhaps you you should reflect on your life once again, do you like living the way you do idiot!.?

  • Ndaedzo - 2012-04-09 20:40

    I think mugabe must die ,because the people of zim are sufering because of that man,

      Johan - 2012-04-10 07:13

      Be careful, some idiot will say you sounds like a white person.

  • Piet - 2012-04-09 20:40

    Wonder if he owns 51% of that singapore hospital?

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-09 21:45

      In which case, the people of Zimbabwe own 51% of the hospital

      Piet - 2012-04-09 22:49

      so did you get any of the profits?

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-10 00:00

      My opinion based on all the theft and looting of the Zimbabwean people's money. I am not a Zimbabwean.

  • Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-04-09 20:41

    What goes around comes around ... The great Judge awaits your explanations ... And boy, do you have some explaining to do.

      phathuchicos - 2012-04-09 20:47

      lolest...i wish i could have a sneak peek of the fiesta that will take place at the pearly gates...

      Piet - 2012-04-09 20:58

      what pearly gates, that boy is going straight to the fires!!

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-04-10 08:12

      @The-Azanian. I agree pearly gates here he comes. He will bribe his way in.

  • Frans - 2012-04-09 20:41

    Africa oh Africa, motherland - I enroll my daughter in a university in Singapore while my fellow countrymen are starving back home. Typical!!

  • Ben - 2012-04-09 20:41

    Shame, ne?

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-09 20:42

    eish Nandos the looks like "the last dictator" is about to bite the dust...change is coming to Africa...gandalf, gbagbo, mutharika a.k.a. Ngwazi, hosni, ben ali, jup-jup *wink* and now gibson...maybe African is getting ready to become the next Asia...

      Dawood - 2012-04-09 21:25

      @ The-Azanian u forgot to mention verwoerd,vorster,pw (die krokodil)

  • Judith - 2012-04-09 20:42

    History is coming.....

      Reece - 2012-04-10 00:11

      History has past :P

  • Kim - 2012-04-09 20:42

    It's about time - I hope this is not an April Fool's joke!!

  • Bobi - 2012-04-09 20:43

    May his soul rest in peace, zim is going to be in good hands he raised gud leaders. de only healin cumin to him is passing.

      phathuchicos - 2012-04-09 20:48

      he's not dead yet!!!!

      Vic - 2012-04-09 20:54

      Bobi, what are you smoking? Name only one 'gud' leader Mugabe raised!

      Crracker - 2012-04-09 20:59


      Shaylene - 2012-04-09 21:00

      If he has done such a fantastic job then why are there so many legal and illegal Zimbos in our country? Who happens to be taking jobs away from SA people?

      KenB - 2012-04-09 21:06

      You obviously got a fine education in Mugabeland. Imbecile

      Vic - 2012-04-09 21:26

      Crracker, in case you didn't notice, I put the word Gud in inverted commas, because that is how Bobi spelt it.

      Bruce - 2012-04-09 22:56

      Probably as "gud" as your spelling!

      Skinderbekkie - 2012-04-10 00:54

      Bobi stop smoking weed, it has destroyed your brain totally!

      Jan - 2012-04-10 01:12

      Did Mugabe raise Gud air filters? Please help me here, Im confused. All he did, was to raise the murder and aids toll in Zim

      Crracker - 2012-04-10 11:29

      @ Vic No. Not at you. My comment was directed at Bobi. I should have indicated it.

      franswaj - 2012-04-10 11:39

      bobi "you must be the bright spark in the family"

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-09 20:43

    Unspecified illness - probably aids amongst others - Robert don't fight it, just follow the light - oh wait sorry, there will be no light for you..

      Piet - 2012-04-09 20:49

      the light from the fires!

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-09 21:08

      Ah yes, Piet you are so right LOL... Robert follow the light of the flames, created specially for you :-)

      Tony - 2012-04-09 21:16

      Unspecified illness indeed, no pills or cure for stupidity and lunacy.

  • Ntshebe - 2012-04-09 20:43

    Now I understand why Zuma and Malema had to visit a church on Friday, Praying for their Head Teacher I see....

  • spookhuis - 2012-04-09 20:43

    WHOOP WHOOP happy days for Africa

  • Thomas - 2012-04-09 20:43

    hang in there uncle BOB...

      Jason - 2012-04-09 21:01

      Or just hang.

  • Bobi - 2012-04-09 20:43

    May his soul rest in peace, zim is going to be in good hands he raised gud leaders. de only healin cumin to him is passing.

      Jason - 2012-04-09 21:01

      Clearly you havent spent much time in Zim lately.

      Squeegee - 2012-04-09 21:21

      Bobi, are we talking about the same person - MadBob Mugabe? If we are you are clearly delusional.

  • xolile.hanse - 2012-04-09 20:44

    be well soon Afrika still needs you!!!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-09 20:45

      as compost

      Jean - 2012-04-09 20:47

      Did u take yo pills today?

      Jason - 2012-04-09 21:00

      Was brain death painful?

      Vernon - 2012-04-10 09:43

      as prime biltong

      justin.pretorius - 2012-04-10 12:04

      Good comment David. Are the regime hospitals not good enough for their saviour and liberator? I guess not

  • Piet - 2012-04-09 20:46

    Juju must be devastated that his idol is on his way to sainthood!

      Skinderbekkie - 2012-04-10 00:56

      Wish he would take Juju with him

      bvravest - 2012-04-11 04:34

      Sainthood no, Hell yes.

  • Thami - 2012-04-09 20:49

    Hope he gets better soon

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-09 21:05

      He may get well but it is extremely unlikely he'll ever get better

      malcolm.molver - 2012-04-09 21:36

      He hasn't been well for 40 years!

      bvravest - 2012-04-11 04:34

      I hope not.

  • Jean - 2012-04-09 20:50

    Ok, ok, ok, news24, dnt specify the illness, we know it already,

  • robbie.macmorran - 2012-04-09 20:50

    Oh Bob, what will Zim do without are such a will be a sad day when the world can't take the piss out of you anymore.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-04-09 20:53

    da reaper man, he knockin' at yo door, bob, and he not dere to cut da grass.

  • reign.carol - 2012-04-09 20:54

    \Tu heeelll... Heeelll... Heeelll... Heeelll with him...\

  • Banele - 2012-04-09 20:56

    He mus die he's a selffish barstad an he's freind devil is waiting for him

  • Lusanda - 2012-04-09 20:57

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! the last dictator save him!!! no one will be sad, we gonna party, we gonna have a party! shame.

      ina.f.chatwind - 2012-04-10 08:00

      Do you know Africa. Sure he is not the last.

  • Muhammed - 2012-04-09 20:57

    Whatever the truth may be, let us all pray for a peaceful transition in the government of Zimbabwe and may the country be governed by the rule of law and with justice.

      Glenda - 2012-04-11 00:01

      Another Amen to that!!

  • Dave - 2012-04-09 20:57

    No loss to the world..

      lala.w.malan - 2012-04-09 23:34

      Just keep a close eye on Grace Marcos!! lol

  • Tim - 2012-04-09 20:58

    'back in the country by Wednesday' in an urn no doubt

      Sheik - 2012-04-09 22:08

      Tim in a box

      Chille - 2012-04-10 13:36

      A Nando's take-away box...

  • KCorsar - 2012-04-09 20:59

    Isnt he related in some way to Bingu? Dont 'bad' things happen in threes - Bingu dead, Mugabe next, what's the third Malema finally expelled and exorcised from the ANC. Could be an interesting week, with Bingu being repatriated to Malawi after being taken to SA for autopsy!?! How many in Malawi are truly sorry to see his passing; maybe as many will be in Zimbabwe if old Bob is met by the Grim Reaper. Well what are we to think about this merely rumours or fact................

  • aleck.benett - 2012-04-09 21:00

    get well soon my president

      Angela - 2012-04-10 07:36

      I certainly hope you're living in Zimbabwe and not posting from a better run country because your president has run your home into the ground. I cannot comprehend the mentality of anyone who can support this murdering tyrant - it's like saying Hitler was a good man.

      Vernon - 2012-04-10 09:47

      get home my dear!!!!

      bvravest - 2012-04-11 04:38

      no, rather think of your people for once, and die.

  • lavida.locca - 2012-04-09 21:00

    May God b with u....u did what u were assigned for....

      Piet - 2012-04-09 21:04

      he aint going to meet his maker?

      Eugene - 2012-04-09 21:48

      You spelled God wrong Lavida....its DEVIL...May the devil be with you...!!!!!

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-04-09 21:54

      Do you really want God to be with him when he meets the devil to discuss his successes in meeting his obligations in all the jobs assigned to him by the devil?

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-09 22:25

      Piet he certainly will meet his maker but i assure you he's gonna wish he didn't.. Bob all i can say is don't dress too warmly because where you going is gonna be pretty damn hot for all eternity.. Oh justice will at last be done!! Lets hope that Zim can now somehow heal & be rebuilt..

      Angela - 2012-04-10 07:37

      More like the devil because this man has the blood of thousands of his fellow citizens on his hands.

      dianne.assink - 2012-04-10 17:40

      You sure as hell are smoking your socks!!!!!

  • Quentin - 2012-04-09 21:00

    This is the first time that I have seen everyone on the same page. Don't get your hopes up as god keeps on sending him back to us.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-04-09 21:05

      Are you sure its god?

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-09 21:00

    Dont get your hopes high...he's already a living fossil...he just told the media that he has been granted indefinite resurrections.

      Jason - 2012-04-09 21:07

      yup, probably just reran the same article.

  • Cosment - 2012-04-09 21:01

    He deserves to be assassinated, he must leave!

  • Lebeko - 2012-04-09 21:02

    Wishing him all the best.

      Crracker - 2012-04-09 21:05

      You mean all the best in hell.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-04-09 21:39

      He needs all the wishes he can get with the eternal suffering coming his way!

      Angela - 2012-04-10 07:39

      Why Lebeko? Do you want to see more Zimbabeans starve and die or have to run away from their own country

  • Jim - 2012-04-09 21:02

    An African dream come last....

      Eugene Walters - 2012-04-09 21:14

      He will die for about ten min and will resurrect again and again and than maybe then he will die . Shame

  • Grace - 2012-04-09 21:03

    I don't care what illnes he has... Just allow him to die sssllloooooooOowy, experiencing everything he's inflicted on people of his country. The continent WILL be a better place. Good riddance!!!

  • Joanita - 2012-04-09 21:03

    may he rest in pieces...

  • KenB - 2012-04-09 21:04

    cpuld not happen to a nicer guy

  • Thomas - 2012-04-09 21:04

    The guy is in 'hospital'not dead....BOB AFRIKA still needs you...

      hein.huyser - 2012-04-10 06:28

      What for? To inflict more misery and death to his own people? Maybe your dream will come true with a military leader in Zim.

      Neville - 2012-04-10 16:44

      you have got to be kidding? or brainless?

  • Faizie - 2012-04-09 21:04

    There is a God!

      Adrian - 2012-04-09 22:09

      And he ain't gonna meet him. He's gonna be getting rather hot pretty soon.

  • Jean - 2012-04-09 21:11

    Finally, the prayers are answered, dnt even hung in there, just accellelate, 180km/s, plz, go, go, and dnt look back,

  • justice.mpho1 - 2012-04-09 21:11

    God works in mysterious ways...AMEN Dr Mugabe.citizens of Zim ask for political freedom and finally they recieve a bonus wish...R.I.P its over sir

  • Shaylene - 2012-04-09 21:13

    Should we be happy or worried about this? Emmerson Mnangagwa is non the better than Uncle Bob. Two peas in a pod if not worse?

  • Alex - 2012-04-09 21:15

    Its about damn time!

  • mastersvoice - 2012-04-09 21:15

    Hospitalized in Singapore while overseeing his daughter's enrolment in a University there? What's wrong with Zim's hospitals and universities then? Could it be that his "leadership" has effectively destroyed his country, much like the Zuma regime is doing here?